Holmes County Library teams up with area businesses for Library Card Sign Up Month

Holmes County Library teams up with area businesses for  Library Card Sign Up Month
Dave Mast

A Holmes County District Public Library card can not only unlock worlds of science fiction, children’s stories, music, movies and more, but also provide some savings at a number of area businesses during September.


September is Library Card Sign Up Month, and the Holmes County District Public Library is partnering with 14 area businesses to offer discounts to customers when they present their library card with 15 discounts being offered in the promotional event.

According to Christina Thurairatnam, head of reference and adult services at the Central Library in Millersburg, the idea was hatched from the mind of director Paula Cicconetti, who had seen similar ideas at different libraries. They felt the partnership would be beneficial to all parties.

“We were all pretty excited about the possibilities,” Thurairatnam said. “It’s a great way for us to connect with our community on so many levels.”

The opportunity to use your library card for savings will run throughout the month of September.

Included among the participating business are Amish Door Market with one free scoop of ice cream with the purchase of any size of ice cream (except kiddies); Amish Door Restaurant with a free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée on Tuesdays, only from 4-8 p.m.; Berlin Escape Room with one free game with sign-up in which one person from a group will not have to pay with a limit of one per group (call the library for coupon code); Guggisberg Cheese with a free container of Baby Swiss Tidbits; Jason Fawks Music Studio with a first lesson free; The Jenny Wren with 50 percent off Mercantile candles; Jujitsu School of Self Defense with 50 percent off the individual class price from September to December;

Kauffman’s Country Bakery with 50 percent off one baked good item up to $4 in value; Main Street Fudge & Popcorn Co. with buy one popcorn, get one free; Millie Dindot’s with a free scoop of ice cream with the purchase of a combo meal; Olde World Bakery with a free stamp on Frequent Diner card (value $10); Peak PT & Wellness with 10 percent off all services; Rebecca’s Bistro with a free regular drink with meal purchase (no specialty drinks); Sprouted Acorn Photography with 50 percent off a single family photo session (call library for coupon code); and Wolf Creek Veterinary Services with $5 off bath and fluff (Dogs must be current on vaccines).

Thurairatnam made sure there were businesses represented all over the county.

“We went out and contacted a number of businesses and got what we felt was a really nice response, especially considering it is our first year for this event,” Thurairatnam said. “We tried to get a really neat variety of businesses involved, and there are some really good savings for people.”

Thurairatnam said the hope is this event takes off and becomes an annual drive that will grow over the years and get people to sign up for a card at the library, taking advantage of all the programs the library offers.

“We were very excited to be able to team up with a number of local businesses, and they all were very excited to be able to partner up with us,” Thurairatnam said. “Hopefully the word about what we are doing will spread and many people will take advantage of something that we all believe is very important, especially for our children.”

Anyone presently in possession of a Holmes County District Public Library card is already eligible for some savings. For those who would like to sign up for a card, visit either the Central Library in Millersburg at 3102 Glen Drive, the East branch in Walnut Creek at 4877 Olde Pump St. or the Holmes County Bookmobile, where cards may be obtained.

In order to obtain a new card, people need to supply verification of their home address or a driver’s license. A replacement card costs 50 cents.

Thurairatnam said they have patrons who have memorized their library card number. Those people can get the library’s app, which allows them to put their card on their phone. The businesses will honor that as well.

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